Big League Player Profile: Meet Ndejje University FC defender Stephen Junior Akena

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By Edward Tumusiime

His football journey started back in primary school when he was selected to play for TKL Gulu in the under 14 City Tires Tournament at Old Kampala. Later on in the third edition, he captained TKL Gulu but unfortunately they suffered a defeat to KKL (Kampala Kids League) in the semi-finals.

After that, he joined Sir Samuel Baker for his secondary education. While at the school, he played in the Coca-Cola tournament during his entire O-Level and at the same time played for an emerging club in the regional league known as Black Burn Football Club Gulu. He later became a top scorer at the district Stage of the Coca-Cola Tournament in 2012.

When O-level was complete, he joined Light College Katikamu for A-Level and during the zonal stages of the Coca-Cola Tournament, he was the top scorer.

His stay at Light College Katikamu wasn’t for long and he studied the remaining period of his A-Level at Standard High School Zana. It was at this school where he started playing as a center back and wing back. At the school, he played in the Coca-Cola Tournament up to National Level where they faced St. Mary’s Kitende in the Final which was held at Kabale Municipal Stadium. They returned with the Silver Medal. Immediately after, they went to Lira to represent Uganda for the 2013 East African Secondary Schools’ games 

Upon completing his secondary education, he attended Ndejje University where he got a scholarship under the Head Coach Raymond Timothy Komakech, he stayed at the University for four years and he was among the players who promoted Ndejje University Football Club to the Uganda Premier League in 2018 and later on went ahead to win FUFA Big League with the team.

Last season, he captained the Ndejje University side in the first round and then transferred to UPDF FC in the second round. At UPDF FC, he was part of the team that promoted them to the Uganda Premier League.

He joined Onduparaka FC in Arua from UPDF FC but unfortunately, he didn’t play any games for them. So he decided to go back to Ndejje University FC, his second home.

While at Ndejje University, he graduated with a Diploma in Accounting and Finance and later on with a Degree in procurement and logistics management.

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